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New Mexico limits providers to 1,750 marijuana plants

Aug. 23, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico will limit licensed medical marijuana providers to 1,750 mature cannabis plants, a drop from the 2,500 plants allowed under an expiring emergency state rule. The Albuquerque Journal reported Thursday that the new rules adopted by state Health Secretary Kathy Kunkel take...

Agent: Arizona's spike in seized fentanyl pills 'alarming'

Aug. 23, 2019 1:25 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Drug Enforcement Administration says more than 1.1 million fentanyl pills have been seized in the state this fiscal year. DEA Special Agent in Charge Doug Coleman says most pills seized so far in the year ending Sept. 30 were made to mimic oxycodone M-30 tablets. He says agencies...

Cheap combo pill cuts heart, stroke risks, study finds

Aug. 23, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A cheap daily pill that combines four drugs cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and heart failure in a large study, suggesting it could be a good way to help prevent heart problems especially in poor countries. The pills contained two blood pressure drugs, a cholesterol medicine and...

Utah moves to scrap state-run pot dispensary system

Aug. 22, 2019 4:03 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah legislators were moving Thursday to scrap a planned state-run medical marijuana dispensary system after county attorneys said it would put public employees at risk of being prosecuted under federal drug laws. Under the revised plan being written by Republican Senate Majority...

Pfizer expands N Carolina gene therapy plant, adds 300 jobs

Aug. 21, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

SANFORD, N.C. (AP) — Drug giant Pfizer is expanding its North Carolina manufacturing plant for gene-therapy medicines to treat rare diseases, adding about 300 jobs. The New York City-based company said Wednesday it plans to spend about $500 million to expand its plant in Sanford to improve production of...

Editorials from around New York

Aug. 21, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from New York's newspapers: Trump, Jews and America: The president's disgusting divisiveness is beyond the pale New York Daily News Aug. 21 Because two members of the opposing party in the U.S. House of Representatives are vocal critics of Israel whose foreign...

2 drug companies settle with counties in opioid-crisis suit

Aug. 20, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

Two pharmaceutical companies have reached settlements totaling $15 million to avoid being defendants in the first federal trial on the drug industry's accountability for a nationwide opioid crisis. Dublin, Ireland-based Endo Pharmaceuticals announced Tuesday that it has agreed to pay the Ohio counties of Cuyahoga...

Brand-name drug prices rising at slower pace, lower amounts

Aug. 19, 2019 4:42 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Drug companies are still raising prices for brand-name prescription medicines, just not as often or by as much as they used to, according to an Associated Press analysis. After years of frequent list price hikes, many drugmakers are showing some restraint, according to the analysis of...

Grower: 5,000 in Louisiana medical marijuana program so far

Aug. 19, 2019 2:39 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Two weeks after Louisiana patients began receiving medical marijuana, the program is humming along without supply disruption and with thousands of people receiving the drug for medical use, regulatory officials and the head of one growing operation said Monday. John Davis, president...

2 more medical marijuana dispensaries set to open soon

Aug. 19, 2019 9:57 AM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Officials say two more medical marijuana dispensaries are expected to open in northwest Arkansas this year. Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration spokesman Scott Hardin says both dispensaries will be in Fayetteville. They'll join the region's first dispensary, The...